Free Early Education (FEE)

The following information details how your child can access their FEE hours at this Nursery. 


All children become eligible for 15 hours Free Early Education (known as the 'Universal Entitlement') or 12 hours stretched over 48 weeks a year the term after their 3rd birthday. 


Working parents might be able to access up to an additional 15 hours Free Early Education (known as the 'Extended Entitlement;) subject to eligibility criteria. This means that some 3 and 4 year olds could be eligible for up to 30 hours free childcare each week in term time, or up to 24 hours each week if stretched across the year. 


To find out if you are eligible please visit the Childcare choices website

Some 2-year-olds can get up to 15 hours of free early education each week for 38 weeks a year or 12 hours each week over 48 weeks of the year.  This is a national scheme, currently available to 2-year-olds who are looked after by the local authority or whose parents receive specific benefits. Parents/carers can check with the Manager/Administrator to find out if their child qualifies, alternatively contact The Kent Children and Families Information Service  Telephone: 03000 41 23 23 or visit Childcare Choices.



A child is eligible for FEE at the start of the term after their second (if eligible), or third birthday in line with the Department for Education table below:

A child born on or between
Will become eligible for a free place from

1st April and 31st August



1st September and 31st December



1st January and 31st March


Start of Term 1, in September, following their 2nd/3rd birthday



Start of Term 3, in January, following their 2nd/3rd birthday



Start of Term 5, in April, following their 2nd/3rd birthday

The Free Early Entitlement at Hythe Bay Children's Centre Nursery

 For details on how the FEE is offered, please click on the following link:



This payment from parents will contribute towards the cost of administration, meals, trips and extra-curricular activities. 



You will be invoiced in the usual way showing how many free hours your child is receiving in that period and what the additional charges are.


Please note that the FEE can be split between 2 providers up to a maximum of 30 hours.